I’m Baaaack!

I’m back and it’s time to rock ‘n’ roll!3-quinn

First, apologies to those who contacted me for book production services and I had to refer them to other sources. I spent the last few months of 2016 pretty much playing catch up, and I was so swamped I even disabled my service pages just to slow down the flow of queries (Gah, butI hate telling people no!). I have some serious updating to do to this poor neglected blog, but my pages will be going back online soon and I’ll be able to accept new clients in the next month or so.

Second, much gratitude and warm fuzzies for those who offered kind words and MUCH understanding about my husband’s health issues. His treatments seem to be working and he’s slowly, but surely getting back to his normal ornery self. He’ll be back to driving me nuts in no time at all.

Third, I’ve stopped working on Sundays. I have to force myself to take a day away from the computer or I will go blind or my hair will fall out or something horrible like that. I know, I know, I’m writing this blog on a Sunday, but I have so much work to do next week that this won’t get written unless I do it today. But, the norm will be, I’m offline on Sundays. What this means is that emails that come in late Saturday won’t be answered until Monday. And scheduling will take my days off into account.

The biggest news is that I’m taking on a partner. What, Jaye? A cranky old loner like you? Yep. I’m training him in book production right now, so I’ll introduce him when he’s fully on board, but rest assured, he cares as much about production values as I do. (Plus he’s young and energetic and types really fast.)  We’ll be coming up with plans to keep prices as low as possible so you all can focus on your writing and not have to worry that production costs blowing your budgets. With two of us sharing duties and quality checking each other, we’ll be able to produce more and better books.

So what’s coming up in 2017?

Ebooks (of course). High quality, guaranteed to work across devices, no-hassle updates–that remains the same.

Line-editing. I have a few editing clients and have been hesitant to take on more because of time constraints. That may be changing and it’s possible I’ll be able to expand my client list.

Proofreading. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I’m a bear about proofreading. When a writer clicks the Publish button, I want for their work to be the very best it can be. Readers deserve no less. There will be some changes in prices and policies coming up, but my intent is to broaden my proofreading services AND keep the cost as low as possible.

Print. Just about all my clients are doing print on demand editions. With fiction I can keep the costs down to where the print version is comparable in price to the digital version. I’ll be posting prices and even some package deals.

Backlist Restoration. Writers who manage to get their rights reverted often end up with a print copy of their book and a heart filled with dismay as to how to go about recovering the text so it can be turned into an ebook or a new print edition. Easy enough to take it to the copy shop and have it scanned, but then what? Converting the scanned text via OCR can result in an unholy mess. I’ve dealt with writers who’ve spent months trying to get text in good enough shape to read. I’m going to boast a little here–I am the Queen of Text Restoration. I have the tools and skills so that I can accomplish in days what might take most people months. So if you have some backlist in need of restoration, we should talk.

2016-11-05-mockup-classic-crime-libraryCovers. Regular readers know I’ve been dabbling in covers for a while. I’m getting pretty good at it. I’m on my way to getting really good at it. I’m more than happy to work with writers on a tight budget to come up with reasonably priced covers that look good and serve their purpose. I can also modify most ebook covers for print and audio editions.

Translations and Foreign Editions: I’ve been doing a lot of German, Italian and Spanish novels here of late. I’ve figured out how to get the best results for digital and print so the books can be sold on Amazon and through other distributors. (I’m not doing Asian editions–yet.) It’s a big world full of hungry readers. If you write in an other than English language or have translated editions of your English books you’d like produced in digital or print, let’s talk.

Marketing and Promotion: Nope, sorry, still won’t/can’t do that for you. My brain just refuses to wander down those paths.

Thanks for dropping by. If you need to contact me now you can reach me at
jayewmanus at gmail dot com



11 thoughts on “I’m Baaaack!

  1. Great to see you back, Jaye! (Although I never let you get too far away.) Glad that Tom is on the mend. And congratulations on taking on a partner, which means that more writers will get to see you work your magic, even if some of that by proxy now..

    You are indeed the Queen of Text Restoration – and just about every other aspect of production, as I can gratefully attest. And really neat that your moving deeper into covers. Those among my titles you have so touched tell me they’re very happy with what you have done for them. And I can see why.

    Have a satisfying coming year, Jaye. In every respect.

    • Thanks, Jerry. Sorry about posts going into moderation. Things have changed since I lasted posted and I need to catch up.

      I’m truly hoping that a partner means I can focus more on individual projects. I’m looking forward to whatever this year brings.

  2. Yayyyyy! I’m so happy to see this. I thought you quit doing books and I was sad. I had no idea your hubby was sick. Glad he’s on the mend!

    Happy New Year, and I look forward to working with you again.

  3. Welcome back! I’m relieved to hear your hubs is slowly but surely getting back to his old self. Lots of exciting news, Jaye. A partner! Good for you! Happy New Year, sweetie. I hope 2017 is a little more calm.

  4. I am so slow that I realized yesterday that I hadn’t seen your blog pop up in a while (or your name at TPV), and there you were!

    Great to hear progress, and a partner. Best wishes for your other half to become his old self asap.

  5. Hi Jaye.
    It’s been awhile since I’ve stopped by your blog but I’m glad you’re back. You’re blog has been very insightful especially when I was getting my book ready for ebook formatting. I’ve decided to nominate you for the Mystery Blogger Award, to encourage more people to visit your blog. I think many aspiring writers on WordPress could benefit from your insight and the services you provide. There is no obligation for you to accept the award, but if you would like to do so, please visit the link below for instructions. https://writersnookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/accepting-the-mystery-blogger-award/

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